MP of the week: Thomas Bowman

This week’s featured missing person is a very old case, over 60 years old in fact: Thomas Eldon Bowman, an eight-year-old boy who disappeared during a hike with his family in Arroyo Cinco Canyon in Altadena, California on March 23, 1957.

Investigators believe he was abducted and murdered by serial killer Mack Ray Edwards, who was active in the fifties and sixties. He pleaded guilty to the murders of three children and has been linked to the disappearance of six missing kids besides Thomas. His known and presumed victims’ ages ranged from seven to sixteen.

Edwards suicided on death row in 1971. He was a heavy equipment operator who worked on high construction in California. A good job for a serial killer; police think he buried the missing children’s remains under the highways.

4 thoughts on “MP of the week: Thomas Bowman

  1. Jesse October 9, 2019 / 3:54 pm

    That’s a truly excellent age progression.

  2. missingmysteries October 9, 2019 / 4:49 pm

    OT: Thursday night, Discovery ID has a new episode of The Lies That Bind, about the disappearance of Frank Lee Black Jr.

  3. Sheryl Cobb October 10, 2019 / 5:37 pm

    Meghan – this is a very minor correction – the canyon is actually Arroyo Seco Canyon. As a child, in the early 1960s, my brother and I would hike with my parents on this trail, and they never wanted us to get out of sight. Years later, when I read about Thomas Bowman, I realized why they were so concerned.

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